RVPF: Rules, Info & Application Process

2018 APPLICATION IS LIVE!

After reading through this page, we encourage you to START an application in SlideRoom. In the SlideRoom portal there are detailed instructions for how to format and upload required materials.

Rules & Information

Rules

  • There is no application fee.
  • Prospective films should be Narrative Features or Documentaries.
  • To apply for the fund, the applicant must be attached to the film as the DIRECTOR.
  • Applicants must be alumni who have graduated or will graduate between 2013 and May 2018 OR be current Grad Thesis Students*.
    Eligible departments include: Undergrad Film & Television, Grad Film. Other Kanbar Department Alumni are not eligible, including graduates of Dramatic Writing.
    *For the purposes of this award, we consider "Grad Thesis Students" to be anyone who has completed their first two years of course work by May 2018 and is working on their Thesis film. You must be in good standing with the university (matriculated). If you are currently on a leave of absence, you are not eligible. 
  • The RVPF is intended for first time directors of feature length films. If you have already directed a feature length film--either documentary or narrative--you are ineligible for the award.
  • All applicants must submit a completed application via SlideRoom to be considered for the award.
  • Additional/Supplemental materials are NOT accepted.
  • There will be NO opportunity to update your script once the deadline is passed. Submit a script that is ready for judging.
  • Though you may apply for the Fund each year for as many years as you are eligible, you may only submit the same project, no matter how revised, TWICE.
  • Finalists will be notified in Fall 2018.
  • Finalists are required to pitch their projects to Mr. Vague and the selection committee. Instructions for that process are provided after finalists are chosen.
  • Winners will be announced in December 2018.

What happens if I win?

By accepting the award, you will agree to abide by the below deadlines or forfeit the remainder of funds awarded. Please consider whether you are able to meet these deadlines before applying for the fund.

Production Deadlines for Winners

  • You must have a cut of your film completed by 24 months after the receipt of a prize (eg. Dec 2018 recipients will be expected to provide a cut by Dec. 2020).
  • Failure to meet these deadlines will result in the forfeiture of remaining prize monies.

Required Application Materials

Please note that Narrative and Documentary applications have different requirements. Read carefully. Detailed guidelines for submission will be available in the application portal.

Narrative Application Requirements

  1. Eligibility Confirmation – NYU student identifying info.

    Your graduation date is determined by when your Diploma was issued, NOT necessarily when you walked. If you aren’t sure of your official graduation date, contact the NYU Registrar.

  2. Narrative Feature Script

    • Narrative Feature Scripts must be no more than 120 pages

  3. Artistic Statement of no more than 500 words.

  4. Logline & Summary – 1-2 sentence/ 500 words

  5. Potential Cast & Crew

    Please provide 3-4 names for people you are considering to have serve as Producer, DP, & Editor

  6. Production Timeline – 1-2 pages

  7. Budget

    Proposed budget cannot exceed $500,000

    Please provide a Movie Magic Budget. If you are unable to provide a Movie Magic Budget, please provide the most detailed budget you have available.

  8. Footage Sample

    Submit a polished sample of moving image work that you have personally directed.

    The submission can contain one or more selections as long as the total running time does not exceed 15 minutes, however the sample should not be a show reel.

  9. Résumé – 1 page

Documentary Application Requirements

  1. Eligibility Confirmation – NYU student identifying info

    Your graduation date is determined by when your Diploma was issued, NOT necessarily when you walked. If you aren’t sure of your official graduation date, contact the NYU Registrar.

  2. Documentary Proposal

    Documentary Proposals should include:

    • Topic Summary (3-5 pages) Briefly provide information to acquaint the reader with the subject, advising why the topic is interesting and why such a film is needed now. Explain any contemporary social or global relevance for the topic. Describe why you are pursuing this project and why you are the best person to tell this story.

    • Outline (3-5 pages) With as much detail as possible, describe each major beat of the film, being careful to articulate what will happen on screen and what that is meant to convey. This is distinct from the Synopsis and Artistic Statement. Here we want you to lay out your film's planned structure.

    • A link to 5-10 minutes of sample footage specific to the film for which you are requesting funds.

  3. Logline & Summary – 1-2 sentence/ 500 words

  4. Potential Crew

    Please provide 3-4 names for people you are considering to have serve as Producer, DP, & Editor

  5. Production Timeline – 1-2 pages

  6. Budget

    • Proposed budget cannot exceed $500,000

    • Please provide a full budget with top sheet

  7. Submit a polished sample of moving image work that you have personally directed.

    The submission can contain one or more selections as long as the total running time does not exceed 15 minutes, however the sample should not be a show reel.

  8. Résumé – 1 page